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  1. So disclaimer, I'm a prospective law student just like you, but from doing research and from being on this forum awhile I can answer at least some of your questions. You likely can improve your LSAT at least somewhat, which is good, and many schools will only look at your best score, so the previous 145 won't matter so much. The less pleasant news is your CGPA and L2 are low compared to the competitive averages at most schools. Law schools do NOT care what your undergrad program was, only your grades. You might be able to mention the rigorousness of the program in your PS, but that's it. I can't speak as to whether an "other circumstances" application would be fit for you, but even if it was, it isn't a get out of jail free card - the schools still need something to compare against to show that you would be otherwise a competitive student if it weren't for the circumstances that affected you, and you don't appear to have that comparison. (Even one extra year of undergrad with a 3.7 or more would be helpful in this situation.) That being said, your L2 and a strong LSAT might give you a chance at some schools. Off the top of my head, Dal, Calgary, and UoA are L2. There are B2 or holistic schools that may also be worth looking into, but in any case, a 160+ LSAT is your best shot.
  2. Got it working (two hours late lol), thanks to those who tried to give me a hand!
  3. Welp, just got an email from them saying they sent me the wrong username 🙃. I'm beyond frustrated with them but thank you so much for the idea, I'll give my email a try if the new username doesn't work.
  4. Sorry I should've made this clearer, I'm already registered for the July LSAT, but the process to select a time slot with ProctorU isn't working
  5. Okay, there are literally no resources for registration troubles and I have no idea what to do. Is anyone else not able to register a time slot with ProctorU for the July Flex this morning?? I got on right away and followed the email link, but I get (mostly) a '"not allowed" error message every time I try to log in, or it tells me my temporary username and password are incorrect. It locked my account after a few tries. I sent an email to candidate services but that's not an immediate reply and their office number doesn't work. I have no idea what to do. As if this isn't stressful enough.
  6. I think your best bet here would be to contact the UOC and UOA law schools directly and ask. The JD isn't a masters program and isn't typically considered a grad program at all, so don't assume that they won't include your winter 2020 grades based on that.
  7. So... I started the year pretty optimistic, but irrespective of the stress the pandemic is causing, this semester has turned out to be kicking my ass. I didn't realize how difficult most of my current courses would be, and because of this, I'm wondering if having a poor semester close to when I intend to apply to law school will have an affect on my chances enough where I would hold off until next year. For context, my regular GPA is ~3.75. This excludes my first year because I transferred schools (my average then was I think a 3.9, but I don't know how that would factor in exactly). I'm in third year now, and worst case scenario, this semester I wind up with Bs and one very ugly C. I do plan on taking summer classes, but if I apply this fall, will having this bad semester be too much of a damper? Would I wait to apply next year when I have grades from my entire degree to go off of? If it helps, I intend to apply to all BC and AB schools, and maybe an Ontario school that isn't UofT. I know some of them go by L2, and I know it also heavily depends on my LSAT score (which I don't have yet), but I wanted to know if anyone else here has been in a similar situation.
  8. Hey all, I know I'm a bit early in the year to be thinking about this, but thought I'd shoot this out there anyway. I'm unsure whether I should be working on getting more personal references by building what I can of a rapport with my professors over the coming semesters, or simply ask for references from anyone whose classes I have done/will do well in. I've been reading through the forums and it seems like generic ones were fine for many people, but I don't have anything else remarkable for soft factors to enhance my application (post secondary school, volunteered at a nonprofit one summer and worked retail for every other). That being said, I understand the most important factors are my GPA and LSAT score, but I'm wondering if I should cover my bases in the event I may need stronger references (if they would even offset a shortcoming elsewhere on my application at all).
  9. I think the fact that you're weighing the potential costs is by no means shallow. It's also entirely possible that law school is a financial mistake for some individuals, but that isn't necessarily true for you. Many people self-financed their undergrads and are/will be financing their law degrees themselves. But what kind of cost you're looking at for your JD really varies on where you're studying. If finances are taking up a large chunk of your deciding factor, you'd be better off studying in Quebec or out west. Some people take time off before law school to pay off (some of) their undergrad. Bursaries and scholarships are a thing, too (although bear in mind that taking time off to pay undergrad loans will affect what kinds of bursaries you can get). The cost of law school is a lot no matter where you study, but it also bumps up the earning potential. Of course, few people earn six figures right out of the gate, and there's no guarantee of hitting that potential max. However, there's no guarantee you'll be financially safer by stopping at your BSc, either. Statistically, as a lawyer, you will likely earn enough money at some point down the line to live comfortably. Being good at your job is what's going to increase your chances of financial success by a lot. Law school is an opportunity most people don't get, and unless there's more personal circumstances at work, if you're passionate about it I'd say go for it. But you definitely shouldn't do this without sitting down and taking the time to budget first.
  10. I think whichever you choose, you'll probably enjoy your time. I'm completing my undergrad at UBC currently and the only thing I've seen in Toronto is the airport, so I can't attest to anything about the latter except people telling me they loved it there. However, Vancouver is definitely a beautiful city, near both the ocean and the mountains - beaches in the summers and Whistler in the winter/spring! You can also hop on the ferry over to the island too. I don't think your options for pursuing environmental law would be worse at either school. I'd assume with UofT's reputation that you're going to have a few cutthroat individuals, but I think that's the same with any large/prestigious university. Only current/recent law students there would be able to tell you, though.
  11. As far as I've heard, both UofT and UBC's law schools have a focus on corporate law, but UofT moreso. Either way, you're going to get a very similar education at both schools. What isn't going to go either way is that UofT is going to cost at least $36,000 a year, not including living expenses. Both Vancouver and Toronto are expensive cities housing-wise, but UofT - just in terms of tuition - is triple what UBC is. If you're not getting a good scholarship and/or bursary, or don't have rich parents... yikes. Also, I know this is reiterated a lot on these forums, but it's going to be easier to get a job close to where you went to law school. That being said, UofT is renowned as Canada's "best" school, so going to another city with your JD from there isn't going to hurt your prospects. Although you'll still be having to pay for more flights, naturally, if you don't want to work in Toronto. All that being said, getting into UofT isn't an opportunity that many have. If money isn't an issue, I would suggest going there - it's literally a once in a lifetime thing, and since you're going to be at it for three years you ought to make sure it's somewhere you're going to enjoy.
  12. Unfortunately I can't give a hard answer, but I doubt they'd revoke your acceptance over a 0.62 drop. I'm assuming they're fine with a little wiggle room as long as you don't have a dramatic change in performance. If they want to include your recent semester in your assessment, I think it's also safe to assume they'll do drops based on including those additional credits once they're complete. I don't know if this helps since it's in regards to undergrad, but I did my first year at a different school and transferred to UBC (I'm in 3rd year now too), and they told me my acceptance was conditional on me maintaining my GPA in my second term. My average for the winter term was in the mid 90s and spring term I dropped to mid-low 80s, and they still let me in. I know the Allard school is a different faculty, but you'd have to do pretty badly in your spring term to drop your GPA dramatically no matter what. My advice would be keep up the good work, but don't sweat it too much. Since you don't intend to finish your bachelor's as you're applying in third year, take whatever classes next semester you think you'll do well in. Edit: I second the person above me, the admissions office will have the best answers for you.
  13. I plan to write in June or July 2020, provided my PT scores are where I want them to be as the summer nears. However, I'm definitely studying earlier in advance than the recommended usual (started in October as I'm still doing my undergrad and will be taking summer classes as well, so I won't have time to do several hours a day over a shorter span). My diagnostic was a 150 so nearly the same as you OP.
  14. lh22

    UVic vs UBC

    Firstly, congrats on getting accepted! I can only speak from the perspective of an undergrad (in my third year at UBC) and prospective law applicant for next year, but hopefully this insight is still helpful. However, the pros and cons vary depending on what you're willing to tolerate and what pluses are more important for you. For example, your fear of the atrocious living costs are justified. I live off-campus/at home to save money, but for that affordability I have to commute a very long way (by car). Most of the on-campus housing is for the undergrads, although they do have some specific buildings for graduate/law students - but as far as I know it can be difficult to secure a spot. Did I mention it was expensive? If you live off-campus and commute by bus, many of the buses are full in morning/afternoon rush hour by the time they get to your stop. And you're not guaranteed to pay much less in rent, if at all. On the plus side, the campus is beautiful, and the law school is kind of sequestered up at the top near the ocean view, so you're not in the thick of things. However, if you want to go elsewhere to get food more substantial than a coffee, be prepared to walk a potentially long way through a beehive when class lets out. UBC is massive and there are always lineups, regardless of the time of day. I know UVic has a co-op program, which is a big plus for some people, and Victoria is a beautiful city too. The rent is definitely less, although not as cheap as, say, living at/by a law school in the prairies. I do believe both UBC and UVic can offer bursaries to cover extra costs, though. But I'd assume UBC has more direct access to Vancouver firms in terms of making connections. Personally, although I intend to apply to both next year I'm looking forward/hoping to get into UVic, because as much as I love my university the commute is exhausting and I live in fear of the rent costs, lol. Best of luck with your choice. Edit: UVic's tuition is also a few grand cheaper.
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